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China agrees to provide Nepal $750M in aid during surprise visit by Chinese premier
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) ' China has agreed to provide Nepal $750 million in aid during a surprise visit to the tiny Himalayan nation by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
A state-run Nepalese news agency says the countries signed agreements Saturday under which Beijing will provide economic and technical assistance and strengthen Nepal's police.
Wen had planned to visit Nepal last month but that trip was canceled for undisclosed reasons. This visit came ahead of a Middle East trip by the premier, and was kept secret until a few hours before he arrived.
China has built highways and financed other development projects in Nepal. The country is home to thousands of Tibetan exiles, and its government has previously blocked them from demonstrating against China.